John Adams, Minna
The Niger state government has reassured civil servants of its commitment to the full implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage, as agreed with the organised labour.
The government also assured all categories of its workers of job stability, stressing that no worker will be sacked as a result of the implementation of the minimum wage.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Danjuma Salau, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after a special state executive council meeting, held at the Government House in Minna, yesterday.
The meeting was used to appraise the contributions of workers to the success recorded by the government in the last three and half years.
Similarly, the government said it would emphasise internal and external trainings of workers, to enhance their capacities, thereby, improving their efficiencies in their various duties.
Salau said governor Abubakar Sani Bello was particularly impressed by the diligence and dedication to duty of the workers, which, to a large extent, “contributed to the success recorded in the transformation agenda of the administration.
“As we continue to strive to make our state one of the most enviable states in the country, we will continue to make the civil and local government services the engine that will drive the growth of the state.
“In the last couple of years, the administration has worked very well with the workers, and as a result, the administration has witnessed industrial harmony unlike in many states of the country. We hope to continue this collaborative effort in the overall interest of our state.”
Salau said the state and local government services would also be used to reduce the huge unemployment of fresh graduates, through massive employment.
“Most of the ministries, departments and agencies are under-staffed; the government intends to fill these vacant positions with our young men and women who have just graduated from the schools, so they can contribute their quota to the socio economic development of the state.”
He said the executive council also deliberated on the plan by the Federal Government to increase the national minimum wage of workers in the country, and views this step as being in tandem with the policy of the administration, to pursue goals that would ensure job satisfaction for all category of workers.